Four Long Beach Library Branches Set To Reopen May 18


LONG BEACH (CNS) - Four Long Beach Public Library locations will reopen at limited capacity beginning May 18, with visitors permitted inside in 30-minute blocks.

Visitors will be able to browse the books and make use of public computers and printing services. Seating areas will remain closed, along with study and community rooms.

“Library staff are excited to begin welcoming residents back into our buildings in the safest ways possible, adhering to all state, county and city orders,'' said Glenda Williams, the city's director of Library Services. “We're confident that the new limited reopenings, which feature book browsing, checkouts, materials returns and computer use, will provide patrons with the most frequently requested library services. As always, our online digital library is available to cardholders 24/7.''

The four locations will reopen May 18.

The Billie Jean King Main Library, 200 W. Broadway, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The other three libraries reopening are Bay Shore, 195 Bay Shore Ave.; Mark Twain, 1401 E. Anaheim St.; and Michelle Obama Neighborhood, 5870 Atlantic Ave. Those branches will operate from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Capacity will be limited, and all visitors will be required to wear face masks.

The reopening libraries will also continue to offer “LBPL To-Go'' services for residents to pick up hold items. The To-Co services will also continue at the Bret Harte, El Dorado and Los Altos Neighborhood locations. All other locations will remain closed.

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